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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box3/Fold3/1904/20
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateTuesday 28 June 1904
Address FromHanover, Northern Cape
Address To
Who ToBetty Molteno
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The date has been written on this letter in an unknown hand. The name of the addressee is indicated by salutation and content. Schreiner was resident in Hanover from September 1900 to October 1907, after 1902 with visits, sometimes fairly lengthy, elsewhere.
1 Tuesday morning
3 My dear Friend
5 I have not written the last days as I have not been very fit the last
6week or ^ten^ days & ?asked could not write the last four or five days.
8 Thank you so much for your letters. I am so anxious to know how you
9like Matjesfontein but as you may have changed your minds about going
10there I address this still to Kenilworth
12 At the end of July I could let you know the exact date soon, I have to
13go to Kat River with my sister Mrs Lewis to get my fathers remains.
14Now, a plan has struck me. It is always warm & dry & delightful in Kat
15River in the winter. Miss Greene knows the lovely Kat Berg Station:
16there in an hotel there very nice place. Would it not be a good place
17for you & Miss Greene to go to while this awful cold lasts. At the end
18of July I would join you there. When we had got my father’s remains
19Mrs Stakesby Lewis will return with them to Cape Town & I & you could
20go down to the Kowie where Cron promises to join us. To me of course
21it would all be something too beautiful. What do you think of the
22plan? Write & let me know at once. On your way to Kat River you might
23stop here for a few days, at the Hotel if Mrs Van Zijl cannot take you
24in. Or you might return here with me when we come back. The best time
25of the year to go to Kat River is the winter it is warm & dry &
26beautifully sunny. I could show you all the places I was in as a child
27& it would all be lovely. Write & let me know. I am feeling pretty
28unfit, I can’t believe I am the same person who was so strong & well
29in Cape Town.
31 I am sure Kat River would do Miss Greene good as well as you. But you
33^must stay up at the sanatorium at the Kat Berg Station: write to that
34address if you want them to take you in. I hoped against hope it was a
35passing thing but it must be the height & the cold making me so ill
36here. My dear Boy is well. So sweet & contented with the very poor
37dinners I have turned out lately. It struck me suddenly this afternoon
38that perhaps Kat River would just suit you. ^
40 Olive